There is no perfect all-purpose holster, but there are a lot of holsters perfect for specific applications. In any given week I’ll use each of my three favorites from a collection of more than a dozen holsters. Deep-concealment holsters offer the best concealment, and work with the widest range of clothing types. To help you find your perfect one—or three—here’s a guide to the latest trends, along with some classics that still hold up.

The hottest trend in deep concealment right now is appendix carry, with a host of purpose-built (and many general inside-the-waistband) holsters to help you conceal a handgun. Think of appendix carry as “in front of your strong-side hip” carry. A holster here, at roughly the one-thirty position, can actually tuck a concealable handgun along the curve of your thigh, under your belly (whether you have a big one or not), when you’re sitting or standing. This method exploits a little-noticed triangle of space that exists between your thigh, hip and stomach.

Some folks are terrified of putting the muzzle of a loaded handgun that close to their genitals, which is understandable. Others overcome that fear by holstering their gun with their holster off of their body, then positioning the gun—holster and all, at the same time—on their body so that the holster completely covers the triggerguard during the entire process (and so that the handgun doesn’t move within the holster during the process, either). When going to the bathroom, changing clothes or just at the end of the day, you may want to similarly remove the holster and handgun as one unit, then replace them in your pants again next time as one unit.

This is likely the safest way to don and doff an appendix holster, and a great many of the holster options for appendix carry feature clips instead of belt loops to make this process easy every time. The appendix-carry position is surprisingly comfortable when seated in a chair or the driver’s seat of a vehicle. With the right positioning, you can still draw an appendix-carried handgun while seated, which is not always the case with other holster and carry positions.

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